mmm def Posted March 27, 2006 Share Posted March 27, 2006 I have always liked both cars so while waiting for my car I drove both, a few days in between. First up was the TL. TL: Starting up the car provides a nice deep tone, engine and exhaust sound great, liked it a lot. Took it out on 22 (for you NJ people) and gave it a hard run. First of all the power is smooooooth, sounds great and has power everywhere, (mind you I have been driving the Geo for the past month). Got off 22 into some Bridgewater back roads and pushed the car hard, tires squealing and all, this car is a pig! I don't know what tires it had, it gripped alright but the car is too nose heavy. Not as much torque steer as I thought but a lot of understeer. Handling..The TL is more of a touring car not a sports sedan, my LGT with rear cusco handled a bit better. Sure the TL is fast but you have to keep it in a straight line-and now onto this. I got back on 22 and nailed it, 1st gear was fine until I hit VTEC around 5500, lit the tires up. 2nd gear was fine until VTEC again but once it came on a little bit of torque steer. You have to pay attention when getting on it in this car, no WOT around a curve. The interior quality is very nice, a good amount better than the LGT but then again the TL is $8k more. Stereo was excellent, blue gauges were sweet along with the dash. My problem with the car...it just felt too chunky, it almost surrounds you too much, feels a little bloaty. Nice but not for me. TSX: Sat in it and immediately felt at home, I'm 6' 185. It was very comfortable just sitting there playing with the toys..and boy does it have toys. Voice recognition Navi/Stereo/bluetooth, Memory heated seats, xenons, decent stereo, again the blue gauges which I love! On to the drive-get out on 22 the car is very smooth, not TL smooth but nice and quiet. I had an 04 Accord 4cyl so the engine is pretty much the same with a little 700rpm band of the vtec switchover, haha!! The gearbox is pretty much one of the best I have ever felt. Very similar to the S2k, a little better than the Civic Si which is almost perfect. Sorry I don't mean to be Honda bias but I do love them. Short precise throws, snicks into each gear. This car was a lot easier to drive smoothly than the TL. Even driving the geo this TSX was not that fast, I think it's a 7.2 0-60 which is alright but it could really use another 30-40 hp. Got it into the same turns as the TL, this thing is fun to drive!! A TON more nimble than the TL, more confidence inspiring, it was fun and comfortable to drive at 8/10. Got back onto 22 again did a 0-75 run, nothing special but smooth and quiet. I got out of the car with a big smile on my face, much bigger than the TL. Yeah the TL would rock the TSX in a straight line but that's it. TSX has all the features pretty much, more fun to drive for me, a bit cheaper too. If they had the 2.3 turbo in the TSX now, I would have one sitting in my driveway. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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